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Old 11-24-2016, 11:09 AM
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Default 70' Rebuild has begun



1970 Corvette Stingray Coupe/Before restoration



1970 Corvette Stingray Coupe/Before Restoration



1970 Corvette Stingray Coupe/Before restoration



I've taken the leap, the adventure begins.



Making progress.



Floor is in very good shape/ Mounting bolt in kick space is in very good condition.

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Old 11-24-2016, 11:22 AM
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Hi c,
The pictures seem to show a nice car to restore!
It has a VERY solid look to it!
How about a few photos of the engine compartment and chassis before you start taking those apart?
Good Luck!
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From one '70 owner to another, great to see another '70 restored! Yours looks to have several options too that I wish mine had! Good luck in the process and take a ton of pictures to share with us. Are you planning a frame off restoration?

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Hi c,
The pictures seem to show a nice car to restore!
It has a VERY solid look to it!
How about a few photos of the engine compartment and chassis before you start taking those apart?
Good Luck!
Regards,
Alan
Thanks Alan, I'll post soon .
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Originally Posted by Alan 71 View Post
Hi c,
The pictures seem to show a nice car to restore!
It has a VERY solid look to it!
How about a few photos of the engine compartment and chassis before you start taking those apart?
Good Luck!
Regards,
Alan
I hope all goes well with the restoration.
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No disrespect but whats wrong with the car now?
It looks cherry
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No disrespect but whats wrong with the car now?
It looks cherry
To borrow a phrase I read on the forum, I was just going to change a fuse .
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From one '70 owner to another, great to see another '70 restored! Yours looks to have several options too that I wish mine had! Good luck in the process and take a ton of pictures to share with us. Are you planning a frame off restoration?

I'm going to do a complete body off rebuild. It has PB/PW/AC 300HP/3 Speed Auto.
Tilt/Tele was added in 72-73, somewhere along the line sadly the 70' seats became 77 seats and the rims were changed and the valve covers were changed to LT-1 version.
This is now my retirement "keep me busy and active project"
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Welcome.......I'm trying to GET to the point that you are at now!

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Originally Posted by caskiguy View Post
To borrow a phrase I read on the forum, I was just going to change a fuse .
Say no more, I know what you mean.
Besides these cars just beg you to take them apart.
Hard to resist.
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To borrow a phrase I read on the forum, I was just going to change a fuse .
Hilarious! What did you find?
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Hilarious! What did you find?
To be honest, nothing extraordinary quite thankfully. My story is pretty simple. I was going to purchase a Factory Five Cobra kit, nice engineering it seemed, but after attending a show, sitting/exiting one it wasn't for me. Truth is I love Corvettes, owned a beautiful 2001 convertible but sadly parted ways for other needs. Well I've kept looking at times and low and behold this 1970 pops up. My favorite design actually. It's in pretty good shape overall, needs TLC but I'm just compelled to "remove eight bolts" and give her a go. It won't be simple but it will open doors as I move along, which is the whole reason for doing it.

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Hi c,
Thanks for the additional photos.
I continue to think that you have what appears to be a solid car to work on.
Restoring a car can keep you as busy as you want to be!
If you approach the restoration in a thoughtful and methodical way the work can give you a lot of pleasure. A hap-hazard approach too often ends up in a for sale ad that says "car half finished, lost interest, must sell".
Remember… old cars come apart a lot faster and easier than they go back together, so document (photos), label, and control things as you get going!
Good Luck!
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Alan

Noticed the 'snake' bend in the upper alternator brace. If it had been installed to the rear of the threaded boss on the alternator case as intended, and the bolt inserted from the rear, the bend wouldn't have been necessary.
Are you aware of the "GM Assembly Instruction Manual" and the "GM Chassis Service Manual" that are available for your 70?
If you're linking about doing a restoration back to pretty original conditions and configurations you might also consider the "70-72 Technical Information Manual and Judging Guide", 5th edition, available from the National Corvette Restorers Society.

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Your advice is well taken. I have my camera/markers/tape/Zip locks/ I have to purchase some tags, storage trays and bins. The previous owner of the last 44 years gave me the original protect-O-plate, owners manual, a copy of the shop manual re-print, and then surprised me with a "GM 1953-1972 Corvette Parts Catalog", (pic attach) manna from heaven, it was meant to be. I'm looking forward to this pursuit, I have time ( I think ) to do this the right way which is part of the fun.




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P.s. Alan don't tell anyone I have this.
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Hi c,
Well, it seems like you're getting a good start !!!
Regards,
Alan

I was thinking I might like to do a Cobra or maybe an old lakes roadster after my 71 but realized I really didn't have another car build in me!
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Originally Posted by Alan 71 View Post
Hi c,
Thanks for the additional photos.
I continue to think that you have what appears to be a solid car to work on.
Restoring a car can keep you as busy as you want to be!
If you approach the restoration in a thoughtful and methodical way the work can give you a lot of pleasure. A hap-hazard approach too often ends up in a for sale ad that says "car half finished, lost interest, must sell".
Rememberů old cars come apart a lot faster and easier than they go back together, so document (photos), label, and control things as you get going!
Good Luck!
Regards,
Alan

Noticed the 'snake' bend in the upper alternator brace. If it had been installed to the rear of the threaded boss on the alternator case as intended, and the bolt inserted from the rear, the bend wouldn't have been necessary.
Are you aware of the "GM Assembly Instruction Manual" and the "GM Chassis Service Manual" that are available for your 70?
If you're linking about doing a restoration back to pretty original conditions and configurations you might also consider the "70-72 Technical Information Manual and Judging Guide", 5th edition, available from the National Corvette Restorers Society.
Just caught what you were referring to regarding the generator, your sharp as a tac Alan
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Hi,
The fastener set for the upper alternator brace used an unusually thick flat washer.
It's purpose is to withstand the tendency of a regular flat washer to deform into the slot in the bracket when the bolt is tightened.
Regards,
Alan

All sorts of little details to be aware of if someone is interested in that sort of thing.
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And very little has been known to pass Alan's eye...

Coming home last night, in the dark and rain, from Thanksgiving dinner I spied what I thought to be an Austin Healy up ahead. It was an ersatz Cobra. I wouldn't even have had a fake, nor anything else I valued, out on such a night.
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